1981 Ducati 864cc Mike Hailwood Replica
Registration no. GLJ 122W
Frame no. DM900SS 901021
Engine no. 91589 DM860
A landmark model that kept Ducati afloat during the 1980s, the Hailwood Replica owes its existence to Mike's legendary Isle of Man TT comeback victory in the 1978 Production Race riding an ex-works NCR bike entered and prepared by Manchester-based Ducati dealer, Sports Motor Cycles. Out of top-flight bike racing for seven years and away from the Island for eleven, Mike took on and beat the might of the Honda works team to win the Formula 1 TT at record speed. Ducati lost little time in capitalising on this outstanding success, launching a road-going replica the following year.
Like the race-bike, the MHR was based on the production 900SS, but - inevitably - had much more in common with the latter than the former. The most obvious difference was the full fairing finished in red, green and white, complemented by a glassfibre tank and racing seat. In fact, on the very earliest examples the 'tank' hid a steel fuel reservoir, glassfibre being illegal in the UK for tanks. Mechanical changes were confined to lighter wheels, usually by Campagnolo, and improved Brembo brakes, while the MHR's performance was pretty much the same as that of the 900SS: around 135mph flat-out.
Sold new in South Africa, this example came to the UK in March 1990 and has had four keepers here, the most recent for the last 15 years. Dry stored for the last 12 years, it benefits from a new battery and an oil change and is described as in generally good original condition. The machine is offered with South African registration papers and Swansea V5 document.
- The registration is GCJ 122W. The Engine no. is 091589 DM860